The Hindu Mythology pays respects to Animals and treat them as a sacred Animals. many Hindu Gods like Hanuman , Nandi and Garud were Animals.

Lord Ganesha is blessed with a boon to be worshiped prior to all Gods by Lord Shiva . he is associated with two animals i.e the Elephant And Mouse.

ELEPHANT : Lord Ganesha has a face of elephant which also a Symbol of  Big Brian  , Lord Ganesha is the God of Wisdom.

Goddess Lakshmi , rides a white Elephant she is also worshiped as Gajja Lakshmi , Gajja is a sanskrit word for elephant.

Lord Indra the King of Devtaas (god) also ride an Elephant  Airavat with three heads. Elephant is also a symbol of Samridhi . Elephants are worshiped in India ,and it is a very sacred Animal.  Many temples in South India raise elephants as a property of their own , Some kings, Ministers and very rich people have a capability to donate Elephants in the temples.

Gajja Lakshmi
elephant's age is guessed by its long tusk
Indra riding three headed elephant Airavat

Cow: Cow is worshiped as Gavu Mata  in India. there are many Avatar like Krishna and Parshuram realeted to holy cow Surabhi and Kaamdhenu.

Bal Krishna ji

Trideva (Brahma ,Vishnu and Mahesha) with a cow

Nandi : Nandi is an OX , Lord Shiva Rides Nandi. Nandi is booned by Shiva that who so ever recites a prayer in Nandi’s Ear it will surely reach Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is Devo ke dev which means God of Gods. he is even called Mahadev , maha means the great and Dev means God.

Goddess parvati or Say Mata gauri also rides an OX.

Mata Maha Guri

Snake : Lord Shiva wear a Snake as a Garland around his Neck. Lord Vishnu  sleeps on a SheshNaag. Krishna fought with Snake Kaliya ,who had 100 heads. when  Krishna was born a snake Vasuki came to protect him from rain. Snake Vasuki also helped Matsay Avatar.

Lord Vishnu on Shesh Naag with Goddess Lakshmi and Brahma on lotus
krishna dancing on snake Kaaliya
Bal Shiva

Mouse : mouse is called Mushak in Sanskrit. Lord Ganesha Rides on a Mouse. A story Related to Goddess Karni , an incarnation of Goddess Durga. Goddess Karni was born in Swaup village , she asked yama to restore life of  son of a story teller , but yama was bund to his Dharma. Goddess Karni took a mid way between both the story tellers and Yama  , she  incarnated the dead son and all of the storytellers as a rat, under her protection.  Her temple in Deshnog is filled with Rats and the Devotees offer them the food.

Ganesha riding Mouse
Karni Mata
mouse drinking milk

Monkey: Hindu God Hanuman is  a monkey. Nal and Neel who built Raamsetu (Adam’s Bridge)  were also monkey.

Mayur : Mayur is Sanskrit word for peacock . Lord Kartika, the second son of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva , rides a Peacock. Goddess Saraswati , the Goddess of Knowledge and wisdom, has a Garden full of Peacocks . Symbolically the feathers of  Peacock is used for writing.

Goddess Sarasvati
Peacocks in Garden
lord kartika on peacock
kartika

Garud : Lord VishnuRides on Garud. Garuda even helped Hanuman to protect the life of Sri Raam and Lakshman.

Garuda

Krishna ride on Garuda to kill Narakasura.  Lord Vishnu  rides on Garuda to save the devotee Elephant Gajendra.

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